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May 3, 2013
Panelists discuss the role of colleges and universities in helping to further clean-energy research and entrepreneurship during a forum at Stanford University. | Photo courtesy of Stanford Energy Club.
Energy Wrap-Up: Charging Students To Take the Lead in Energy Innovation

Students, academics and entrepreneurs came together at Stanford University to discuss how the next generation can lead the way in creating the next big breakthroughs in sustainable energy.

May 1, 2013
Student Semi-Finalist Teams Selected to Help Advance Geothermal Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy selected four semi-finalists this week to advance to the final round in the National Geothermal Student Competition, an inter-collegiate contest that positions geothermal energy as a contender in the global race for clean energy.

April 23, 2013
The Final Match at the U.S Department of Energy National Science Bowl in Washington, DC on April 30, 2012. | Photograph by Dennis Brack, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science
Upcoming Science Bowl Championship is a Competition like No Other

The Finals of the Department of Energy's 2013 National Science Bowl, set to happen this weekend, will feature a total of 115 high school and middle school teams from all across the country facing off for the championship.

April 11, 2013
The <a href="">Collegiate Wind Competition</a> is one of several Energy Department-supported programs aiming to inspire the next generation of clean energy leaders. Here, JMU student Greg Miller demonstrates how the blades of a wind turbine work as part the Wind for Schools project. | Photo courtesy of the Virginia Center for Wind Energy.
Student Competition Prepares the Next Generation of Wind Energy Entrepreneurs

Find out which universities are participating in our first ever Collegiate Wind Competition.

April 3, 2013
Dr. Karl Gschneidner is holding a neodymium-iron-boron magnet produced using a new, greener process. The process that Dr. Gschneidner helped develop doesn’t produce the environmentally unfriendly byproducts that result from traditional manufacturing methods. | Photo courtesy of Ames Laboratory.
10 Questions for a Materials Scientist: Mr. Rare Earth -- Dr. Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr.

A jack-of-all-trades, Dr. Gschneidner’s research spans the fields of physical chemistry, materials science, engineering and physics. In this edition of 10 Questions, Dr. Gschneidner shares insights into his research of rare earth materials.

April 1, 2013
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signs the robot of Hardin Valley Academy's FIRST robotics team during the dedication of DOE's Carbon Fiber Technology Facility, located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The RoHAWKtics team (named after their school mascot) spent an intense six weeks constructing the robot, using design, engineering, and problem-solving skills. The team will be moving on to a national competition in April. Learn more about the <a href="">FIRST competition</a>. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: RoHAWKtics at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

March 18, 2013
Hoffman Estates High School Team #1. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
Hoffman Estates wins Argonne's Rube Goldberg Contest

In this year's annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, teams competed to build a complex machine that takes at least 20 steps to hammer a nail.

March 18, 2013
Last week, Argonne National Laboratory hosted the 18th annual Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, which gathered nine high school teams in a competition to build a series of simples tasks, combining the principles of physics and engineering. By using common objects like marbles and bicycle parts, the students were assigned to build a machine that takes at least 20 steps to hammer a nail. In this photo, members of a Hoffman Estates High School team works on assembling a Toyland-themed Rube Goldberg machine. Check out more <a href="" target="_blank">photos of the competition's complex and colorful Rube Goldberg machines</a>. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: More than One Way to Hammer a Nail

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

March 18, 2013
Graphic by <a href="">Sarah Gerrity</a>.
Making STEM Personal: Introducing the Women @ Energy Series

Hear from women who work to solve some of the nation's toughest challenges through their careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and learn how you can follow in their footsteps.

March 12, 2013
Student teams present their ideas for improving commercial building efficiency before a panel of commercial real estate and energy experts. | Photo courtesy of Jessie Knapstein, the Energy Department.
Students Develop Innovative Solutions for Energy Efficient Buildings

As part of the second annual Better Buildings Case Competition, some of the country's brightest young minds presented their ideas on ways to cut energy waste and improve commercial building efficiency.